Flashdance (1983)

For too many years, the cliche has been that movies no longer have plots. I think what that really means is that in the past four decades, movies have become more focused on visuals, special effects, and music than dialog and pure narrative. The results are loud pictures full of fast cuts and set pieces […]

1776 (1972)

It's raining on this July 4th, so with the parade done, outdoor activity is off for the day. Fortunately, the Drexel Theater showed 1776 this afternoon (and tomorrow morning). The only movie about what we celebrate on July 4th–the Declaration of Independence–is a musical. 1776 was a financially and critically successful Broadway show that had […]

I Married A Witch (1942)

I Married A Witch is Rene Clair's perfect little comedy confection of a movie. Veronica Lake is at her peak, just slightly drawing attention from the great Fredric March and Cecil Kellaway. Susan Hayward also leaves an impression in an early supporting role. Robert Benchley gives a reliably fine performance. Lake is a long-dormant 17th […]

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh leave an indelible impression with iconic and Academy Award-nominated performances (Leigh won) in this iconic film adaptation of an iconic American play. Brando gets most of the attention now, but Leigh deserves as much. Her misfortune is that she was never considered a ground-breaking actress, just a great one, and […]